Oct. 10, 2010

LOS ANGELES -

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics

Behind a career-high 25 kills from sophomore Rachael Kidder and 25 digs by junior Lainey Gera, the 12th-ranked Bruins ended #1 Stanford's undefeated run with a five-set victory on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 25-21, 16-25, 25-27, 25-23, 15-12.

The Bruins improve to 12-4 on the season and 2-3 in Pac-10 play, while the Cardinal fall to 14-1 and 5-1 in league action.

Kidder posted her first-career double-double by adding 11 digs to go along with four blocks, while junior Lauren Van Orden also had a double-double with 55 assists and 10 digs to go with four blocks and two aces. Senior Dicey McGraw (14) and junior Katie Camp (10) were in double figures in kills, with Camp producing a team-best six roofs. Sophomore Bojana Todorovic tied a career high with 16 digs, while freshman Kelly Reeves added seven kills. The Bruins hit .157 for the match.

The opener was a tale of two sets, as the Cardinal held a slight lead early on, but the Bruins battled back and took the first. Stanford had as big as a three-point edge at 10-7, 12-9 and 13-10 before the Bruins made their run. Four in a row on a kill by Kidder, back-to-back solo blocks by Camp and Van Orden and a Stanford attack error gave the home squad a 14-13 advantage, a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the set.

Stanford sided out on the next point to tie it at 14, but a service error and a kill from Todorovic gave the Bruins a 16-14 advantage. The Cardinal scored two of the next three to get to within one at 17-16, but a 4-0 UCLA run on consecutive kills by McGraw, a Stanford attack error and a Van Orden ace gave the Bruins a set-best lead of five at 21-16. UCLA maintained at least a three-point edge for the rest of the set, clinching the opener on a Stanford service error to win it 25-21. Kidder, McGraw and Todorovic each had three kills in the first, as the Bruins had four blocks and out-hit the Cardinal .286 to .231.

The second set was the opposite of the first, as the Bruins held an early advantage, but the Cardinal rallied to even the match. The Bruins scored three of the first four points on a Stanford attack error and kills by Todorovic and Kidder. The Cardinal closed to within one at 5-4, but two in a row on a kill from Camp and an ace by Kidder gave the Bruins a set-best lead of three at 7-4.

The Bruins still had the lead or a share of it up until 13-all, but the Cardinal netted three in a row to take a 16-13 advantage. A Stanford service error and a combo block by Van Orden and junior Sara Sage cut the deficit to one at 16-15, but the Cardinal came back with four in a row and nine of the last 10 points of the set to claim the second 25-16. Kidder had six of the Bruins' 10 kills in the set, as Stanford out-hit UCLA .310 to .000.

The third set was back and forth with 10 ties and five lead changes. The Bruins jumped out to an early lead with five of the first six points on two kills from McGraw, a Sage/Van Orden combo block and two Cardinal attack errors. After Stanford notched the next point, UCLA came back with four of the next five on kills from Kidder and Reeves, a Kidder/Camp combo block and a Todorovic ace to take a set-best advantage of six at 9-3. The Cardinal battled back though and took their first lead of the set at 14-13.

Stanford held the lead until at 19-17, the Bruins rallied off five in a row on a Camp/Van Orden combo block, two kills from McGraw, a McGraw/Camp duo roof and a Cardinal attack error to go ahead 22-19. Stanford came back with the next four to go up 23-22 and had its first set point at 24-23, but UCLA received consecutive kills from McGraw and Reeves to earn a set point at 25-24. However, the Cardinal scored the last three points of the set to take it 27-25. McGraw posted six kills in the third, Kidder added four and Reeves had three. The Bruins were out-hit .135 to .070.

The Cardinal started off strong in the fourth with four of the first five points and saw their lead grow to as many as four at 10-6, 11-7, 12-8 and 13-9. The Bruins closed to within one on several occasions, but leading 18-17, Stanford netted two straight to go up by three at 20-17. The Cardinal still led by three at 21-18 when the Bruins made their move.

Consecutive kills from Sage, Kidder and Reeves evened the score at 21. After a Stanford attack error gave UCLA its first lead of the set at 22-21, Kidder came back with another kill to give the Bruins a two-point lead. Stanford sided out the next point, but a Camp kill made it set point for the Bruins at 24-22. The Cardinal saved the first attempt, but an attack error on UCLA's second set point gave the home squad a 25-23 victory. Camp notched six kills in the fourth, Kidder added five and McGraw had three. The Bruins out-hit the Cardinal .279 to .256.

The Bruins led from start to finish in the fifth set to close out the upset. UCLA got five of the first six on two kills by Kidder, a kill and solo stuff from Reeves and a Stanford attack error. The teams sided out the next eight points before the Cardinal scored two in a row to cut the deficit to a pair at 9-7. Stanford got as close as one at 11-10, but back-to-back kills by Kidder and a Stanford attack error gave the Bruins match point at 14-10. The Cardinal held off the Bruins on their first two match points, but the third time was the charm on a kill by Kidder to give UCLA a 15-12 triumph. Kidder posted seven of the Bruins' 10 kills in the fifth, as UCLA out-hit Stanford .182 to .091.

The Bruins are on the road next weekend, facing Arizona on Friday, Oct. 15 and Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 16. Both matches start at 7 p.m.